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BATTLE CREEK — When La June Montgomery Tabron takes over as president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on Jan. 1, she joins a small but exclusive group of black CEOs in West Michigan and nationally.

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County created a new initiative to help both low-income families who don’t have the means to buy their own homes and folks who can’t afford to pay for improvements.

KALAMAZOO — At the age of 30, Laura Boulding found herself a single mother with two children and no way to support them.

Two cats each named Sissy had been “Mary’s” steadfast companions through abusive relationships that finally led her to seek help at the YWCA of Kalamazoo’s Domestic Assault Shelter.

KALAMAZOO — June Cotton’s earliest memories of the Douglass Community Association include dances and numerous visits to a soda fountain there.

Philanthropic families throughout Western and Northern Michigan are putting their faith into action with their money.

UICA to merge into Kendall College

Written by | Monday, 02 September 2013 22:00 |

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts can finally put a close to what’s been a rocky chapter in the nonprofit’s history.

KALAMAZOO — The Kalamazoo Community Foundation will finally have its own building 88 years after its founding.

What started out as a search for a street-front ticket office for the West Michigan Symphony eventually led to the organization finding a new venue for performances, as well as a renewed sense of purpose: making classical music more accessible.

Miranda Krajniak has 15 months to turn around the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts and she isn’t wasting one minute.

It comes as no surprise that nonprofits have a continual pressing need for money, but some of the potential solutions to that challenge might be as easy as providing for internal staff training needs and reducing turnover.

KALAMAZOO — The budget of a typical nonprofit doesn’t include funds for professional development or other learning opportunities designed to strengthen the organization.

Tami VandenBerg is both a bar owner and the executive director of Well House, a nonprofit that provides housing to homeless people who have exhausted all other options, many of whom have substance abuse problems.

Parents do not forget the day a child is diagnosed with autism. Just ask Catherine Pinto, the mother of a 22-year-old son with the complex disorder of brain development.

GRAND RAPIDS — The nonprofit Well House is set to expand its offerings for those in need of a place to stay.

KALAMAZOO — When anonymous donors in Kalamazoo committed millions of dollars to local schoolchildren, the city cemented itself as the “education community.”

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